NYCB @ KennedyCtr, March 26-31, 2013two mixed-bill programs
Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:58 AM
Program A (March 26 & 27 eves. and 31 mat.)
Swan Lake (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)
Allegro Brillante (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)
Tschaikovsky Suite No.3 (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)
Program B (March 28 & 29 eves., 30 mat. & eve.)
Glass Pieces (Robbins/Glass)
Carousel (A Dance) (Wheeldon/Rodgers)
Vienna Waltzes (Balanchine/J. Strauss Jr., Lehar, and R. Strauss)
Yes, this is the rarely-seen one-act Swan Lake by Mr. B....and the full Tchai Suite no 3, of which 'Theme & Variations' is but the 4th and final segment.
What began as an announcement of a seemingly 'kiddie-centric' Kennedy Center ballet season is turning into a dream for adults.
p.s. Edited to add: part of the ABT Mixed Bill (to precede the weekend Corsaires) has also been posted on the KennCen web...and more 'major Balanchine' on tap!:
Mixed Repertory Program (Apr. 9 & 10)
Symphony in C (Balanchine/Bizet)
The Moor's Pavane (Limón/Purcell)
Final Work to be Announced [... there's still room for Ratmansky's FIREBIRD here!]
Also, the details of the Ballet Across America III mini-festival have been posted. Among the works to be performed are two other 'major Balanchines' -- Symph in 3 Movements (Boston Ballet) and Fout Ts (Pa. Ballet) and many other delights, such as Ashton's Les Patineurs with Sarasota Ballet. I hate to say it but, as things now stand, the Mariinsky's portion of the season (a full week of the Ratmansky Cinderella) is the only one that I plan to miss. I'll miss the Canadians too if all they'll bring is Alice...but there's still room to add a night or two of mixed bill.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:13 PM
NYCB's Program A looks fantastic. For Program B, I wish they were bringing a different Balanchine (they just brought Vienna Waltzes a few years ago - maybe 4 years), but of course it could be worse.
Thanks for the news, Natalia!
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:31 PM
I agree. I remember Glass Pieces and Carousel at the KC not too long ago as well, and while I love the first and like the second, it's not like the company doesn't have a huge rep to choose from. I don't think they've done the three Tchaikovsky ballets here since they began coming again about 10 (?) years ago.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:33 AM
Wednesday, Mar. 27, may be a day of choice, i.e., Mearns Swan Lake, Bouder T&V (within Tchai Suite 3).
Mine, too, though, alas, Tiler Peck isn't dancing in Allegro that night.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:52 AM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:06 AM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:57 AM
Bye-the-bye, the company has posted short performance video clips showcasing each principal and soloist in the "Dancers" section of the NYCB website. Very nice -- and of course, not nearly enough!
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:45 AM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:05 AM
Balanchine's compact (1 act) version of Swan Lake is always a delight to view, particularly for the high-energy and perpetuum mobile of the female ensemble of 30 -- count 'em, 30! -- corps swans. (This is definitely a ballet best experienced from the balconies.) I also greatly admired Tyler Angle's solo (to the music usually danced by the 'Big Swans' in Act II), particularly his high entrechats, spontaneously applauded by the audience. Kudos, too, to Savannah Lowery as the leader of the Valse Bluette. Maria Kowroski displayed her lovely long lines as Odette. My only quibble is with the designs -- Miami City Ballet's traditional rendering, with the swans garbed in white tutus, is so much lovelier!
The evening ended with the long -- VERY long -- Tchai Suite no. 3. We waited through three insipid movements to finally feast our eyes on the prize: Theme & Variations! The ensemble there was admirable...as were Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht as the leads of the Scherzo (3rd mvmt). I was sorry that the pre-announced Janie Taylor was replaced in the 2nd movement; I hope that she is OK and that we might see her later in the run. I am looking forward to Bouder & Garcia's leading of T&V tonight, along with all of the other casting promises of 'Super Wednesday'!
p.s. Another 'Plus': last night up in 2nd Tier, I was surrounded by an out-of-town (midwestern USA) tour group of some 70 high school students and their teachers, experiencing their first live ballet performance. Judging from their comments after the show, I believe that NYCB made a boatload of new ballet fans last night.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:27 AM
Unless casting was updated in the program last night, they're scheduled to dance it Sunday afternoon as well. Thanks for the report, though. Who replaced Taylor?
Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:33 AM
Tiler Peck is incredible in Allegro. Glad Washington DC got to see her marvelous performance. Too bad she is not doing the lead in T&V. She is brilliant.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:55 AM
Thank you. Bummer.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:06 AM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:58 AM
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